Republican Official Caught On Hot Mic Freaking Out Over #BlueWave Turnout

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Since the day of Donald Trump’s surprising election win, Democrats have vowed a “blue wave” of voting for the 2018 midterms to limit his powers as president. Since early voter turnout generally favors Democratic candidates, some GOP candidates are “concerned” by record numbers of voters who have already hit the polls ahead of the November 6 election day.

At a campaign event last Friday, Georgia GOP candidate and Secretary of State Brian Kemp was caught on tape expressing his concern about the massive numbers of people showing up to vote early.

‘Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State and the Republican nominee for Georgia governor, expressed at a ticketed campaign event that his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams’ voter turnout operation “continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote,” according to audio obtained by Rolling Stone.’

Kemp is currently under fire for trying to prevent voters from turning up to the polls. The secretary of state is in charge of overseeing elections and registrations to vote even while also running as a candidate for governor.

Kemp seems poised to lose to the first black female candidate in Georgia’s history, Stacey Abrams, and has voters alarmed by his manipulation of policies that he is clearly using a way to prevent black voters from participating in the election process. Apparently, he thought he had the vote under control, but the long lines of early voters proved otherwise.

‘They have just an unprecedented number of that, which is something that continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote — which they absolutely can — and mail those ballots in, we gotta have heavy turnout to offset that.’

The person who provided the audio to Rolling Stone proved the veracity of the tape by also providing a receipt for their donation to Kemp’s campaign, which was required to attend the event.

Hear the full audio below:

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